Dr. William Major

Summary: Brief restatement of reading’s main ideas in your own words.

I. Take the main ideas of the article and put them in your own words.

II. Do not distort the meaning of the original text.

III. Use your own sentence structure.


1. Make an outline of the reading.
2. Write a rough draft of the summary—reread the original text if necessary.
3. Make sure that your ideas connect to each other.